Breakfast · Dinner · Kid-friendly · Lunch · Paleo · Whole30

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Whole30 Paleo Kid-friendly)

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp.salt
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. your favorite compliant cooking oil (lard, avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole shallot, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 4 large or 5 small bell peppers – tops cut off, remove membranes and poke small holes in the bottom of peppers – you choose your color. (Chop up the tops and use in salad!)
  • 1/2 Jar of Marinara Sauce (I prefer Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce – in the can)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine ground beef with all seasonings and set aside.
  3. Heat fat/oil in skillet.
  4. Sauté shallots for about 60 seconds then add minced garlic and sauté till fragrant. Add carrot and sauté another 5 minutes.
  5. Add spinach – sauté until wilted.
  6. Remove vegetables from the skillet and set aside.
  7. Add meat mixture to the same skillet and lightly brown.
  8. Add ½ Jar of Marinara sauce (or more if you like it saucy).
  9. Line a pan with foil (I use a pie pan) and place empty peppers in the pan. Stuff peppers.
  10. Bake in oven 30-45 minutes or until bell peppers are done.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Make this meal over the weekend and refrigerate for up to 3 days before cooking.
  • Great leftovers for breakfast!  Add a fried egg on top.

MAKE IT KID-FRIENDLY

When stuffing the peppers, reserve 1-1 1/2 cups for the kids.
With the meat and vegetables already in this dish, I’m pretty lenient about how the kids eat this meal, here are a few options:

1. Zoodles!  I have a THIS spiralizer.  Spiralize 2 zucchini, saute/steam for 8 minutes and serve in a bowl with the meat & vegetable mixture on top.

2. Rice – Make a batch of rice and serve with the meat & vegetable mixture on top.

3. Plantain chips – Place the meat & vegetable mixture in a bowl, sprinkle a handful of broken plantain chips on top.

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